Kabaka Sues Caretakers over Royal Land Trespass

The Kabaka of Buganda Kingdom Ronald Mwenda Mutebi II
The Kabaka of Buganda Kingdom Ronald Mwenda Mutebi II

The Kabaka of Buganda Ronald Muwenda Mutebi, has sued two caretakers of royal land for purported trespass and partition of the 384.33 hectare-land located in the city suburb of Kabowa.

The Kabaka through his lawyers of Katende Serunjogi and Company Advocates filed the suit on May 21 before the High Court, Land Division against Simoni Kafumbirwango and his son Robert Lusambya.

In his complaint, the Kabaka states that he is the registered proprietor of the land comprised in Kibuga Block 11Plot 1at Kabowa.

He further states that he appointed Kafumbirwango to be the caretaker of the land which is a royal site for drums but he instead given part of it to his son Lusambya as a gift (Mujjaguzo).

The Kabaka now wants court to declare that the duo trespassed on his land and for their eviction. He further, wants court to permanently restrain them from developing the land, saying it is illegal without his consent.

The Kabaka states that Lusambya has postured as the owner of the land and that he is allegedly planning to sell part of it as if it was his.

“The plaintiff shall aver that the actions of the defendants have caused damage to the kingdom, its people and the Buganda Kingdom as an institution stands to lose a key traditional site,” the Kabaka contends.

Court has ordered the duo  to file their defence within 15 days from the date of receipt of the summons. In the order dated May 22, 2014, the duo has been warned to heed, lest the case is heard and judgement passed without their input.

The case file has been allocated to Justice Eva Kabanda. However, a hearing date is yet be scheduled.

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